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the funeral of hadiya pendleton, the young chicago honor student shot dead in chicago just a week after she performed as a majorette in the president's inauguration parade in washington, d.c., just after attending the young woman's funeral this weekend, the first lady, michelle, will be hosting her mother, hadiya pendleton's mother as one of the guests for the president's speech. interestingly, a number of the democratic members of the house, democratic members of congress, i should say, both houses, have also announced that they have given tickets to the speech to relatives and friends of people who have been killed by gun violence. including relatives and friends of victims of the aurora mass shooting, aurora, colorado, and the newtown mass shooting from december, and the tucson mass shooting. former congresswoman gabby giffords and her husband will be attending as guests of her replacement in congress ron barber, who was gabby giffords' staffer and who was himself wounded in the tucson shooting. they'll also be guests of senator john mccain. gabby giffords' political action group, the gr
to the killing of hadiya pendleton in chicago. there is a news conference that is going to be taking place, and we will be joining that later on in this broadcast to bring you the very latest. >>> meanwhile, dick cheney is still whining about president obama's national security policies. this time cheney says that we are less safe because of the president's recent cabinet nominations. during a speech on saturday, cheney said, quote, the performance now of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal, frankly. what he has appointed are second-rate people. really? cheney says it's vital to national security that good folks hold positions like secretary of state, cia director, and secretary of defense. we can all be on board with that. first off, none of the president's nominees are second rate. we don't need to point out why everyone on the wall is qualified to serve as the president's national security team. meanwhile, let's look at a few bush/cheney dandies from their cabinets there is secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. we can't forget him, can w
. >> first lady michelle obama attended the teen's funeral on saturday. hadiya pendleton will be special guested tonight at the state of the union address. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from washington with more. what else can we expect to hear from the president tonight? >> reporter: in addition to more about gun violence, more about immigration and a number of other topics, the big issue is going to be money and the u.s. budget in these $85 billion in automatic spending cuts coming now and in just a few weeks. >> tonight instead of focusing on how the budget cuts will effect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class, cuts to head start, research and thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis on the need to continue to create jobs or to continue to have our manufacturing sector expand, that work isn't done. >> reporter: in the audience tonight, the parents of a slain chicago teenager who just marched in the inaugural parade. >> i'm happy that murder of hadiya will get guns off the street. >> reporter: the president is expected to address immigration reform,
it parents of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton who was gunned down. two gang members were charged in the chicago honor student's murder. police say the gunmen mistook the teen's friend for a rival gang member. that's when they came upon them and opened fire. pendleton's father is ecstatic by the news of the arrest. he hopes the parents of other innocent victims never have to endure the same thing. >>> that other big story from overseas, leaders of the catholic church are going to be looking for a new pontiff after pope benedict announced yesterday he is stepping down. the decision stunned even his closest aides even though the 85-year-old hinted in the past that his age and waning strength could force him to resign. he was elected in 2005 and will stay on until february 28th. his plan to meet for that secret enclave to select a new leader. we have a report from vatican city. >> reporter: the day after the shocking announcement that he will resign on february 28th, more details are emerging about his decision. the vatican's own newspaper said that this decision was taken at least a year ago after
as much interest in hadiya pendleton the way she did. she was like, momma, i wanted people to feel how this happened, do you know this is going to happen, and, you know, she just had a lot of questions about life and death, i mean, because all you see around. >> so obviously another tragic murder in the city of chicago highlighting the president's call to end the gun violence, and we should say, craig, when president obama spoke in chicago, he really called for a broad approach to ending the violence, not just through stiffer legislation, but also by investing in communities, investing in early education, investing in families. now, of course, the president is also calling for stiffer gun laws, things like reinstating the ban on assault weapon, limiting high capacity magazines and expanding universal background checks. it is thought that the majority of those proposals are going to have a really tough time getting through congress. however, it appears as though something like universal background checks might have more bipartisan support than some of the other proposals that president
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